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Report: EU Expected to Give Hizbullah 2 Identities


The European Union is expected to put the "military wing" of Lebanese Shi'ite Islamic group Hizbullah on its list of terror organizations, Monday, while maintaining ties with Hizbullah's "political wing", according to a Monday-morning report by Kol Yisrael government radio. The decision follows Austria apparently removing its objection of to the step, which requires a consensus vote. Diplomats in Brussels said that the Czech Republic, Ireland and Malta, which disagree to the move, are not threatening to veto it.

While evidence of Hizbullah involvement in last year's fatal bombing of a bus carrying Israelis in Burgas, Bulgaria did not put Hizbullah on the list, its involvement in the Syrian civil war has apparently succeeded. The designation may prevent fundraising for the group in Europe, freezing of its bank accounts and the taking of legal steps against it, but it won't prevent other contacts.